How to Bargain in Vietnam? Tips for You!

How to Bargain in Vietnam? Tips for You!

13-12-2016 14:42 Posted by: Thao Tran
Collective tips for bargaining in Vietnam that may help you have a huge thrift haul in this country.

While you are acquainted to shopping malls in your country with air conditioned comfort, luxurious shops and entertainment, shopping at local markets in other countries, like Vietnam, seems to be the better way to feel the sense of Vietnam’s culture, people’s life and its culinary.  

Markets in Vietnam offer a large range of affordable souvenirs, clothing and handicraft items. However, unlike shops in malls with clear price tags, price tags in markets are usually non-existent, so it’s a bit difficult to find the right cost there. That’s why tips for bargaining in Vietnam are useful for you.

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Price tags in markets are usually non-existent (4utours)

You can experience friendly banter or downright indignation in bargaining in Vietnam.  You aren’t able to bargain right if you don’t know products’ price, therefore, do some research. Going to several shops to have a general price.

After that, it’s time for bargaining! Coming to the stall you have just eyed up, now you ask the shopkeeper about their price. The cost hike will be different based on each region. The costs increase about 30 – 40 percent in Saigon while they may be up to 50 percent in Hanoi. Set up the price you’re willing to pay, it must be lower than the offered price.  

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 Set up the price you’re willing to pay, it must be lower than the offered price (vietnam-travel)

Some seasoned tourists know how to bargain in Vietnam, they even learn the exclamative word expressing an expensive item (“Đắt quá” is pronounced like /dʌt koa/) or pretend indignation with a smile when they are offered a first price.  There is a bargaining process in Vietnam, so you may make it fun as possible.

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There is a bargaining process in Vietnam, so you may make it fun as possible (vtcnews)

Attempt to stick close to your price. If the shopkeeper doesn’t get a deal, try the walk off. This nearly works with the amount within 10.000 VND.    

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Attempt to stick close to your price (vietfuntravel)

Whatever, you shouldn’t raise your voice or get furious because this will make you lose face and won’t help you with the bargaining in Vietnam’s market.

Through Vietnam travel news and this collective bargaining in Vietnam, hope you enjoy the shopping time with a huge thrift haul.

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